The final Law Update of 2022 is here, and it’s packed full of articles. The double edition features two focus areas, first is a spotlight on Energy and Resources and second we feature a collection of articles on Transport and Logistics. The developments occurring in these sectors in the MENA region are unprecedented and our lawyers cover vast themes for you.
The Energy and Resources focus features topics such as diversifying energy resources, solar PV, mining in the Middle East, renewable energy and green hydrogen. From a transport perspective, we draw attention to the Bahrain metro project, discuss the challenges and remedies associated with the repossession of an aircraft, and there is advice on what to consider should a party vary the terms of a shipping contract.
This edition navigates you through updates from across jurisdictions such as, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and the UAE. Each article is timely and provides insights into legal issues and cases that are affecting these sectors across the region.Read the full edition
On 08 April 2021 the Federal Maritime Authority of United Arab Emirates (FMA) issued ‘Circular No. (04) Of 2021’ notifying ship owners, Manager, operators, UAE port authority, Classification societies, shipping Agents in the UAE and IG of P&I that effective from 23rd of June 2021 , all UAE flagged ships including oil tankers over 1,000 gross tonnage is required to obtain the Bunker Convention Certificate from FMA. The FMA will issue the Bunker convention certificate upon presenting a valid blue card issued by a member of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs (IG).
The implications for vessels entered with P&I insurers outside of the IG will be considerable, and ship owners and their insurers should be mindful of the new implemented Circular.
Fortunately, the FMA declared that the certificates issued for UAE flag ships before 23rd June 2021 by other Flag Administrations will remain valid until their expiration date. We are aware that negotiations between some of vessel owners, their insurers and the FMA, are ongoing to obtain exemption from the said requirement.